UCLA Offers Kyle Wright

The standout junior quarterback from Danville Monte Vista, Kyle Wright, gets an over-night offer from UCLA in the mail. Could he commit early to the Bruins?

Kyle Wright, 6-3, 200, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, received a scholarship offer from UCLA yesterday in an overnight package.

Wright, who is considered one of the best high school junior quarterbacks in the state – and on the west coast -- said he was stunned and extremely happy when he received the package. "UCLA is my first offer and it feels great," Wright said.

Wright said it was especially gratifying since his life-long favorite school is UCLA. "I grew up in Southern California for a while, in Orange," he said. "So I've always been a UCLA fan, along with my dad. I was a UCLA football fan, and a UCLA basketball fan. Those O'Bannon brothers were great."

Having thrown for 3,015 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior, Wright is poised to have a monster senior season, with a great deal of talent on his high school team returning. Scouts like him because he has good size, a strong and accurate arm, and very good mobility.

Having come off a year that had some great high school senior quarterbacks in the Bay Area, once again Northern California is still the hotbed for quarterbacks, with Wright being one of a trio of highly touted signal callers from the Bay Area in the high school junior class. Dennis Dixon, 6-4, 180, San Leandro, is widely considered to be one of the best in the west, as well as Sam Keller, 6-4, 200, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon. Wright, Dixon and Keller actually are all very good friends, working out together with the same quarterback coach during weekends. Wright and Keller are close even in proximity, playing for the rival high schools in Danville. "Yeah, I know Dennis and Sam really well," Wright said. We throw together every weekend. In fact, Drew Olson throws with us, too. I know he's pretty excited about going to UCLA."

The young passer said UCLA tops his list of early favorites, followed by Tennessee. He's also been hearing from Michigan, Washington, Miami, Oregon and Stanford, among others. But Wright said, because of his long-time affection for UCLA, he could be tempted to commit to UCLA early, and he's even getting the recruiting lingo down. "I don't know if I'd do it really quickly, but I'd like to – what do you call it? – ‘verbal' early. Maybe by summer. Maybe by late summer. I want to enjoy it first a bit. I want to experience it. But I don't want to wait too long and go through some of the unnecessary pressure. But UCLA would be my first choice. That's where I want to live and where I want to be after college, too."

When asked if it mattered that UCLA took two quarterbacks in the recruiting class right before him, Wright wasn't fazed. "Two, three, I don't care," he said. "I love competing. I would expect it wherever I go. It wouldn't have an effect on my decision at all." How about if UCLA wanted to take two quarterbacks in his class, possibly him and Dennis Dixon. "Hmf, that'd be okay. In fact, it'd be fun to go to school with Dennis."

Wright said he maintains a 3.0 GPA approximately. He hasn't taken the SAT, but took the PSAT this year and scored an 1140.


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